In the uncertain times in which we are living, reading has become a welcome refuge for many. Although even the most ardent reader can be stuck for inspiration. Each week Rick O'Shea will point you towards books and authors you may not have considered. Expect conversation, reports, recommendations and the ever popular Book Club slot where one of the nation's book groups quizzes a writer whose work they have read for one of their recent meetings.
With Kevin Power and Liam McNally
Kevin Power talks about ‘White City’, his second novel. Aifric O’Connell looks at what happens when novels go out of copyright. With Bob Dylan turning 80, Liam MacNally has put together a very timely collection entitled ‘Happy Birthday Mr Bob' And a selection of book clubs share their recommended reads.
With Louise Nealon and Anne Griffin
Louise Nealon’s ‘Snowflake’ is one of the most anticipated debut novels of the year, but ‘pressure is for tyres’ she says. Breda Brown is in studio to look at the genre of Irish historical fiction. Anne Griffin returns to The Book Show to answer questions from The Vine Club about her brand new second novel, ‘Listening Still
With Fíona Scarlett and Conor O'Clery
Fíona Scarlett talks about the surprising moment of inspiration for her debut novel ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. Aifric O’Connell has some very useful ‘tips and recs’ for getting back into the habit of reading. The Bookmarks Book Club in Dublin have several questions for Conor O’Clery about ‘The Shoemaker and his Daughter’ and other things besides.
With Jon McGregor, Catriona Ward and Breda Brown
Not one to make life easy for himself, Jon McGregor set about trying to write interestingly about the vast, white and relatively featureless landscape of Antarctica. Breda Brown investigates the growth in ‘Northern Noir’. 'Reading Between the Wines' book club have questions for Catriona Ward, author of 'The Last House on Needless Street'.
With Jessica Bruder and John Boyne
With Nomadland the film getting all the plaudits we speak to investigative journalist Jessica Bruder who wrote the original book detailing the lives of these modern economic nomads. John Boyne answers questions from the Bafllrs Book Club about his novel 'The Heart's Invisible Furies' and Aifric O'Connell takes a look at dystopian fiction.
With Joseph O'Connor, Dr Aoife Bhreatnach and Max Porter.
Max Porter talks about The Death of Francis Bacon. Dr Aoife Bhreatnach is reading Ireland's formerly banned books to hunt out the filth, the muck and the downright indecent. Joseph O’Connor answers questions from the Charlie Byrne’s Book Club in Galway city about his novel Shadowplay.